Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 147 )
Wonderful news today, the replacement Doctors are on their way from Capetown. They are due to arrive like I did, in the mail wagon. It appears that within a couple of weeks I to may be returning to England. The thought delights me.
I will return home, put my house and business affairs in order, then pay a visit to Brother Giles. I so long for the English countryside, green meadows, trees in blossom, all of the things that I missed so much in Africa. I am sure there are parts of Africa that are verdant and thriving, but not where I was stationed.
And, of course it will be a great pleasure to spend some quality time with my elder sibling. I need his opinion before I make any drastic moves. He has always given me invaluable council in the past, and I am certain in the future should I need it, and at this moment, I believe I do.
But, first I must wind up my affairs in South Africa. I must make sure that the hospital I hand over is running at peak efficiency. Nothing less will suffice.
The new Doctors arrived this morning, unfortunately they are new in every sense of the word. They appear to have been recruited straight out of Medical School. But we all need to gain experience, and a Concentration Camp is as good a place as any, to ply your trade.
They will see and learn things here, that they would never learn on a hospital ward. I will spend a little time with them, teach them some tricks of the trade, as it were. They are both likeable and eager to learn, they dog my footsteps like a pair of eager puppies. But we all went through that stage. I know I did.
(C) Damian Grange 2019